Next Event: 31st May 2010 – DUE TO EXCESSIVE NUMBERS OF SPECTATOR’S YEAR ON YEAR, THIS YEARS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS THE LOCAL AREA CANNOT COPE WITH THE INFLUX OF UP TO 15,000 SPECTATORS. THE EVENT WILL BE BACK AGAIN IN 2011 WITH AN ENTRANCE FEE (PREVIOUSLY FREE) THAT WILL PAY FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE 1000s OF VISITORS
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The famous “Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake” in Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is back, with the 2010 event promising plenty of thrills and spills as the fearless competitors tumble head over heels in an attempt to win the coveted Double Gloucester cheese.
While Spain has its Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and running of the bulls, the USA plays host to the World Pillow Fighting Championship and Japan sees bare men run through the streets as part of its Naked Festival, Gloucestershire is home to an unbelievable spectacle to top them all.
With a disputed history dating back to at least the 1800s, the annual Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake involves hordes of fearless competitors chasing a weighty 8lb Double Gloucester cheese down a death-defyingly-steep hill. The slope on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucester, the eponymous setting for the world-famous event, is in fact so steep that very few contenders manage to even stay on their feet, instead tumbling head over heels down the hill in a desperate effort to catch the coveted prize.
While in reality the cheese can never actually be caught – with a brief headstart it soon reaches breakneck speeds – the race winner is the first person to cross the line at the bottom of the hill. Some contenders sadly don’t make it all the way down though, and instead lie in wait for the St John Ambulance crew who are on hand to fix-up the daredevils or whisk them away to the local A&E.
Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake is dangerous and can easily result in serious injury or possibly death. Spectators have been known to be injured as well. One year a spectator caught the round of cheese in his head and sent him tumbling down the hill where he received treatment from the paramedics. Participate at our own risk, and good luck!